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ARLINGTON, VA (May 22, 2007) – More than two dozen technical papers of direct interest to automotive suppliers and manufacturers will address major advances in the development of renewable content polyols, recycling, new testing protocols and process efficiencies at the Polyurethanes 2007 Technical Conference – “Step Into The Future” – September 24-26 at The Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Sponsored by The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry of the American Chemistry Council, formerly Alliance for the Polyurethanes Industry, this year’s Conference is being staged in partnership with the UTECH North America Exhibition to create an impressive global event with 100 technical papers, more than 90 exhibitors, educational seminars and two panel discussions on transportation issues and crisis preparedness.

“This is an exciting year for polyurethanes in the global automotive industry, with important developments in terms of new materials, new processing efficiencies and a host of ‘green’ technologies,” says Neeva-Gayle Candelori of ACC. “This year’s combined Conference and Exposition provides auto industry decision makers with an ideal venue for making contacts and keeping abreast of important industry trends and advances.”

This year’s Automotive technical session will open with three papers reporting industry-panel progress in developing improved testing protocols for molded polyurethane foam durability, the effects of visible light on test results on polyurethane foams and cushion hardness measurement parameters for improved comfort and durability testing efficiencies. Scientists from Germany-based Krauss-Maffei will report on a novel approach to instrument panel skin scoring that promises greater production precision and higher reliability for airbag performance. Scientists from Dow Chemical will present two papers: a review of a
line of autocatalytic polyols that help reduce volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions in vehicle interiors; and the development of a novel fast-cycle system for rigid polyurethane foams in a variety of automotive headliner applications.

Several papers in the two Renewable Content Polyols technical sessions are of interest to the automotive industry. Scientists from Vertellus Specialties will report on new caster oil polyols that modify the performance properties in a wide range of polyurethane applications. Scientists from Dow Chemical will disclose progress in the development of natural derived soyoil polyols (NOPs) for molded polyurethane foams, and the use of NOPs as co-polyols for the manufacture of automotive headrests, armrests, reaction injection molding (RIM) and noise and vibration harshness (NVH) applications.

Automotive industry attendees also will find many presentations of interest in both Process Innovations sessions, the two Energy Critical Foams sessions, as well as Recycling, Chemistry & Fundamentals, Flexible Foams and the Environment, Health & Safety sessions.

The Polyurethanes 2007 Technical Conference, in partnership with UTECH North America Exhibition, will feature 19 technical and two issue-oriented sessions in all, with many additional poster presentations on breakthrough technologies, developing markets and product innovations. In addition to the technical sessions and the exhibits, the 2007 event will include the popular Polyurethane Professional Development Program – eight seminars ranging from introductory courses to advanced topics.

ACC anticipates that the Conference will attract more than 1,200 people from 40 countries. For more information about ACC and the Polyurethanes 2007 Technical Conference, in partnership with UTECH North America Exhibition, contact ACC at 703-741-5103, or visit

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The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people´s lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®, common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $635 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation´s economy. It is one of the nation’s largest exporters, accounting for ten cents out of every dollar in U.S. exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation’s critical infrastructure.

The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry of the American Chemistry Council promotes the sustainable growth of the
polyurethane industry, consistent with the principles of Responsible Care®, by identifying and managing issues that could impact the industry, in cooperation with user groups. Its members are U.S. producers or distributors of chemicals and equipment used to make polyurethane or are manufacturers of polyurethane products.

I.P.I., based in Goor, the Netherlands, was established in 1983. Its expertise is in arranging high quality and successful events for both the construction and polymer industries with meticulous attention to detail combined with total support for exhibitors. I.P.I. organizes exhibitions in Europe, the Far East, China, North and South America.

Crain Communications, joint organizer with I.P.I. of the UTECH events, was established in 1916 and is now the largest privately owned publishing group in North America. The company created Urethanes Technology magazine in 1984 and this has since become the key communications medium for the global polyurethanes industry. Crain Communications also publishes more than 30 other titles including Plastics News, Rubber and Plastics News, European Rubber Journal, Automotive News, Advertising Age and Business Insurance.

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